We've designed a new mountain bike track at Dyoondalup Point Walter Reserve.Last Updated: 7 June 2022 Follow Engagement
In conjunction with our community, we’ve developed a draft Mountain Bike Track Concept Plan at Dyoondalup Point Walter Reserve. Following an increase in the informal mountain bike tracks in the area, we want to create a a safe place for people of all ages to ride their bikes, now and into the future.
About the project
Over the past 12 months, a number of informal mountain bike tracks have been created in natural areas and park. These tracks are not in line with the recommendations of our Natural Areas Asset Management Plan and were not approved or sanctioned by the City. Currently, there are no dedicated mountain bike tracks in the City, however we recognise there is a community desire for this type of facility.
After an incident at an informal mountain bike track at Art Wright Reserve, a meeting was held with community members, the Mayor and City officers on site in 2020. The feedback was varied, with community members both for and against tracks remaining at Art Wright Reserve and at other nearby reserves.
In response to this feedback, we selected a small 7500sqm area of degraded park land at Point Walter Reserve to provide a site for the mountain bike community to enjoy, while also protecting the greater bushland area from further environmental vandalism.
Prepared by Common Ground Trails Pty Ltd, the Point Walter Reserve Mountain Bike Facility Concept Plan includes features such as a learn to ride track, pump track, gravity and skills trails, rest platform and more.
The Concept plan was supported by Council at the March 2022 Ordinary Meeting of Council.
Scroll through the images below to view the draft Concept Plan.
View the full Master Plan
Opportunities to get involved
There are no further opportunities to provide feedback on this project. Item was presented at the March Ordinary Meeting of Council and Council voted unanimously to support the new facility. View the minutes.
Community feedback on the concept plan closed 4.00pm Monday, 7 February 2022. We received 389 submissions.
View the engagement snapshot
Why was this site selected? Will the bushland around the site be affected?
Dyoondalup Point Walter Reserve was identified in the Perth & Peel Mountain Bike Masterplan as a site suitable for the development of a mountain bike facility (MTB). Recent vandalism and mountain bike activity within adjacent and nearby bushland alerted us to the growing need for facilities within this area. The proposed site is an area of degraded park land which has already been utilised by bike riders.
This specific location for the development of a MTB facility would greatly benefit the residents of the City of Melville area, but also encourage visitors to the area from the greater reaches of Perth and beyond.
What will be the environmental impact of the proposed facility?
The area of bushland adjacent to the site is currently fenced off for it’s protection. Signage will be installed to identify the site as a conservation area. All informal and unauthorised tracks and damage created in bushlands will be removed and the area rehabilitated by the Natural Areas Team. The aim of building a facility is to provide an alternative to riding within bushlands and therefore protecting significant bushland areas.
Why is it a facility for mountain biking?
The approximate 0.75 hectare area (green) proposed for a small-scale mountain biking facility is a degraded area of parkland containing scattered native trees with a largely weedy and grassy understorey. The community has expressed a desire for a mountain biking facility within this locality and this area of public open space has been identified as having the potential for such a purpose. Given the degraded state of the site, the environmental impact of a purpose built and managed mountain biking facility is expected to be minimal.
One of the main aims of this project is to reduce the damage being caused by informal track and jump creation in our natural bushland areas. It is hoped that by providing an alternative, the health of our remnant bushland areas can be maintained.
What facilities currently are available around the site?
Mountain biking has grown exponentially within the suburbs of Perth. Increasing activity within our Natural Areas and Parks has identified the lack of suitable facilities within the City for mountain bike enthusiasts, particularly our youth. Wheeled play as a whole has been identified as an expanding recreational activity and will be reviewed in a wider community consultation process in the coming years.
Who prepared the draft master plan and concept?
Reserve facilities include:
- Cafe and kiosk (located near the foreshore)
- Paddleboard and Kitesurfing
- Two shaded playgrounds
- Refurbished tennis courts
- Ample seating and barbeques
- Large sandy foreshore areas and natural limestone cliff formations
- Abundance of natural shading
- Plenty of open, grassy areas
- Event spaces
- Many bike and walking paths
- Boat ramp and jetty
- The picturesque Point Walter Golf Course and new Goanna Mini Golf are located within the reserve
- Point Walter Recreation and Conference Centre.
How can I view the draft master plan and concept?
In September 2020 Common Ground were appointed to develop the Master Plan. Common Ground is a trail planning and design consultancy. who specialise in developing strategies for the establishment of mountain bike facilities, with an aim to connect people with trails, spaces and landscapes. By fostering a ‘common ground’ between agencies and enthusiasts, Common Ground are able to design and develop universally accepted, sustainable and iconic trails.
You can view the draft concept above, or visit the document library to download a full version of the plan.
What are the stages of community and stakeholder engagement? Who are we engaging with?
We engagement are community and stakeholders through four distinct stages
- Stage 1 - We sought sought community preference for the type of mountain bike facility features through a survey and onsite event. Following the closing of the survey, key City Officers and Elected Members met on-site and other locations to discuss concerns, issues, opportunities and preferred location.
- Stage 2 – We invited all of our community, including youth, mountain bike users, potential future users, reserve users and our local residents to help develop a concept plan for the site. Participants were invited to attend an onsite workshop to identify features, detail design and spatial layouts for the facility. Feedback received informed the concept design.
- Stage 3 – Our first draft concept plan was presented to Elected Members at an information session, and feedback was sought.
- Stage 4 – We invited our community to view the draft concept plan and provide comment via online, in person, over the phone or at our on-site pop up event held 17 January 2022.
Additional conversations with Aboriginal knowledge holders will take place.
How is the City informing the community of the project and opportunity to be involved?
The concept plan will be shaped collaboratively with stakeholders and community to explore solutions to the existing challenges as well as exciting opportunities to create a more inclusive, enjoyable and safe space for our youth and bike riding community.
We're engaging with:
- Local residents and ratepayers to the area
- City of Melville youth aged 5 - 25
- Dyoondalup Point Walter Reserve users
- The wider City of Melville community
- Local and Perth mountain bike community
- City of Melville Councillors
- City of Melville Officers
- Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
- Aboriginal knowledge holders
What is the next stages after engagement?
We informed our community through a combination of digital and traditional communication methods. These include:
- Letter’s sent to local residents and ratepayers 800m of Dyoondalup Point Walter Reserve
- Direct emails sent to residents and ratepayer 1km radius of Dyoondalup Point Walter Reserve
- Signage onsite and signs at Kadidjini Park, Black Wall Reach, upper and lower area of Dyoondalup Point Walter Reserve
- About Melville Advert in Perth Now
- Shopalite display boards at Westfield Boorgaoon, Hawaiian Melville and Stocklands Bull Creek.
- Media release
- City of Melville eNews
- City of Melville - Melville Talks engagement eNews
- Direct email to the City of Melville's Youth Network
- Direct email to previously engaged
- Digital screens at Libraries, Leisurefit Recreation Centres and Community Centres
- Melville Talks webpage and email update notifications
- Elected Members Briefing articles
- Promotion of engagement at an on-site pop up mountain bike event (part of series from Directions from Young People)
- Social media posts and adverts targeting local residents and the wider community
Feedback received, including level of support of the concept will be reviewed by the project team, and consultant, and in some cases incorporated into the final concept plan. It is anticipated that the final concept plan will be presented at the March Ordinary Meeting of Council.
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17 April 2021, 12.00pm to 2.00pm
Community design workshop
Onsite community workshop to inform concept design
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|Name||Jeff Bird, Manager Natural Areas & Parks|
|Phone||08 9364 0666|
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